Hammers Want To Take Joe To The Hart Of London


West Ham United are frontrunners to resurrect Joe Hart’s Premier League career. The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at Torino but knows he has no future at Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola made no attempt to offer Hart the chance to remain at the Etihad when he took over from Manuel Pellegrini. West Ham don’t want a permanent deal, according to the Daily Telegraph. Instead, they will look to strike a year-long loan deal with City picking up part of his £120,000 weekly wage.

Newcastle United and Crystal Palace both backed away of the cost of signing the England number one. City are looking for a fee in excess of £20m but are paying the price of the high wages offered to entice players to join and retain their title-winners.

With a new direction from Guardiola, Hart remains surplus to requirements despite the mixed performances from 35-year-old Chilean goalkeeper, Claudio Bravo. Guardiola lost faith in the former Barcelona ‘keeper when he conceded seven goals from seven consecutive shots on target, a new and unwanted Premier League record.

City signed Ederson, 23, the uncapped Brazilian from Benfica for £35m, underlining the end of Hart’s career in the north west. It leaves Hart in limbo, knowing that either he must take a cut in wages or City a cut in fees. In a World Cup year, he needs to resolve his situation to keep in Gareth Southgate’s plans.